Waves Flow Motion promises to make FM synthesis playful and easy

Waves has developed its first FM synth virtual instrument, Flow Motion, which promises to make FM synthesis playful and easy.

Quite a bold statement and the popular plugin brand feels that it can come good on that promise by combining a uniquely designed graphic FM modulation matrix and a more ‘traditional’ workflow akin to subtractive synthesis, within the ‘Motion’ screen.

In the ‘Flow’ section, the modulation matrix connects four mono/polyphonic oscillators with independent waveform and pan controls. Allowing you to modify assignments between the oscillators, using four independent floating LFO/envelope modulators.

The 16-step snapshot sequencer enables you to easily capture 16 different states of the synth and switch between them in real time. With 16 recallable snapshots per patch, you can quickly create sequences, in real time. On top of all that, there’s an additional 16-step note sequencer/arpeggiator and built-in effects.

Waves Flow Motion (VST, AU, AAX, NKS and standalone) is available now and currently down to just $39 from $99 as part of the Cyber Monday deal, although we’re not entirely sure how long that promotion will last. For more info, go to the Waves website (opens in new tab).

Waves Flow Motion features

  • Hybrid FM synth combining FM and subtractive synthesis
  • Intuitive graphic FM modulation matrix with instant visual feedback
  • 1000+ strong preset library, including exclusive artist presets
  • 4 high-resolution oscillators
  • 4 flexible LFOs and envelope modulators
  • 16-step snapshot sequencer: sequence up to 16 recallable snapshots per patch
  • Built-in note sequencer/arpeggiator
  • State-of-the-art studio-quality FX
  • Use as standalone instrument or plugin, in the studio or live
  • NKS-ready for NI Komplete Kontrol and Maschine
Simon Arblaster
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I take care of the reviews on MusicRadar and Future Music magazine, though can sometimes be spotted in front of a camera talking little sense in the presence of real musicians. For the past 30 years, I have been unable to decide on which instrument to master, so haven't bothered. Currently, a lover of all things high-gain in the guitar stakes and never one to resist churning out sub-standard funky breaks, the likes of which you'll never hear.

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